FINANCING OF EUROPEAN STANDARDISATION
Letter from Lord Sainsbury of Turville,
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Science and Innovation,
Department of Trade and Industry to the Chairman
I am writing to advise you of European progress
on the proposed Decision on the financing of European standardisation.
The Commission's original proposal (11841/05)
was intended to provide a legal base for existing financing of
standardisation activity. It didn't mean any change in practice.
It was welcomed by the UK (and other member states). The Select
Committee on the European Union did not report on it (EM 1184/05Progress
of Scrutiny, 10 October 2005, Session 05/06).
We have now received document 9264/06. This
sets out amendments which have been agreed informally at first
reading between the Presidency and the Parliament's committees.
In our view, none of the amendments is particularly
weighty. Nineteen are purely drafting changes; four tidy up arrangements
between the institutions; and three are "motherhood and apple
pie" changes to recitals. Only one has any technical substance.
Amendment 29 (presented out of sequence following amendment 21)
increases the proportion of funding which may be used to cover
overhead costs. This reflects the unusual financial structure
of the standardisation bodies and was agreed without much difficulty
by the institutions. The UK supported the amendment. Given the
non-controversial nature of this document, your officials have
indicated to mine that no Explanatory Memorandum will be required.
The proposal will now be analysed by jurist-linguists.
We expect it to come to Council as an A-point after the summer
13 June 2006